Welcome to Learn The Legacy, a place to rediscover the skills that would have made Ma Ingalls proud! My name is Andrea and I’m on a mission to teach traditional, time-honored, heirloom skills to a new generation. I’ve always had a passion for the timeless arts practiced by my grandparents but I began refining those skills in earnest in 2004 when I left the work force to become a full-time, stay-at-home mom. A little 10X20 garden became my contribution to our household economy and as many things do, it snowballed. Gardening led to freezing, canning and dehydrating, to foraging, maple-sugaring, beekeeping, seed-saving, fiber arts and a myriad of other traditional skills that kept my hands busy while the children were napping. But a funny thing happened along the way: my mommy friends began to ask me to teach them what I knew. They wanted to know how to can jam, crochet a hat, cane a chair, grow tomatoes, make soap. Skills that had been the backdrop of my life were totally foreign to them.
“My people are ruined for lack of knowledge…” Hos 4:6
Somewhere in the past century, we’ve stopped passing down practical wisdom. Somewhere, our priorities changed and a legacy of invaluable knowledge was lost. As a result, we have generations of people who don’t know the first step to growing food, creating a warm home, providing shelter and hospitality. (This is in no way a bash on the individual but an indictment on an entire self-absorbed society.) It’s time to change that, my friends and it’s my desire to show you the way!
My goal is simple: to pass on to you what has taken me a lifetime to learn! At Learn The Legacy, you’ll find practical ideas for the home, garden, kitchen, family and craft room. No pretentious, superfluous projects that require a Masters to accomplish; but wholesome, simple, nourishing, worthwhile skills that our grandparents and great-grandparents would have recognized and approved of. We’ll talk food preservation in all forms from the basic to advanced, simple DIY, gardening from seed to seed, crochet, cooking and baking from scratch, eating on a budget, self-sufficiency, and whatever other topics happen to trip our collective triggers. Most importantly, I hope to show you that “it’s no bad thing to celebrate a simple life” – Tolkien
Til next time, my friends!